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KiCad 3D Viewer

Open-Source KiCad EDA Hits Version 5.0.0

Popular open-source electronic design automation (EDA) package KiCad has hit its milestone 5.0.0 release, described by the team as “a new generation” of the software. “Almost a year after the release of KiCad 4.0.7, the KiCad development team is proud to present a new and improved KiCad 5.0 release,” the… Read More
Arm DesignStart Promo Image

Rattled Arm Launches Anti-RISC-V Marketing Campaign

The growing impetus behind the free and open source silicon (FOSSi) RISC-V project appears to have industry incumbents rattled, with Arm launching an aggressive marketing campaign which attempts to sow the seeds of doubt in engineers’ minds about the ISA’s benefits versus Arm’s own proprietary intellectual property (IP). Following the… Read More
OnChip Itsy-Chipsy Prototypes

OnChip Teases Itsy-Chipsy Call for Participation

Open silicon specialist OnChip has promised to launch a call for participation in its Itsy-Chipsy low-cost semiconductor manufacturing facility, and is already receiving interesting suggestions from potential users. Announced back in April, Itsy-Chipsy aims to allow smaller companies and hobbyists to produce application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for as little… Read More
SparkFun Pro RF LoRa Development Board

SparkFun Publishes Introductory LoRaWAN Tutorial

Those interested in experimenting with the LoRaWAN long-range low-power standard now have a new resource, in the form of an introductory tutorial by Nick Poole published on SparkFun. Based around SparkFun’s own SparkX Pro RF USB-connected development board, Nick’s detailed tutorial introduces the LoRa and LoRaWAN standards, The Things Network… Read More

RISC-V Foundation Forms Security Standing Committee

The RISC-V Foundation, the driving force behind the eponymous open processor architecture, has announced the formation of a security standing committee – and is asking for cooperation from the broader industry. “As the number of connected devices grows exponentially and new security vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre emerge, it’s become… Read More
Fog on a Rail Line (Pexels)

IEEE Adopts OpenFog Architecture for 1934 Standard

Standard IEEE 1934, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ first official standard for so-called “fog computing,” has officially received a reference architecture: OpenFog. Sitting somewhere beyond cloud computing, fog computing is a horizontal architecture designed to distribute resources – from computing power to storage – anywhere between the clouds… Read More
SiFive HiFive1 MCU (Cropped)

CRU: Open Silicon, LoRa Growth, LPWA-CB, and More

RISC-V pioneers OnChip and SiFive have separately announced new microcontroller chip designs, taking aim at the low-power sensor market with their own takes on the open architecture. In a message to social networking service Twitter, OnChip revealed a RISC-V microcontroller design described as having always-on features, three power states… Read More
Third Venture LoRa Stik

Open-Source LoRa Stik Hits Crowd Supply

Steven Osborn, of Oregon-based Third Venture Inc, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a low-cost USB-connected LoRa transceiver: the LoRa Stik. “In 2013 I worked on a solution for vineyard owners to monitor wine grapes. Back then we were using expensive and not very robust xBee radios and had poor… Read More
Leti LPWAN Test Results

Leti Boasts of LoRa, NB-IoT-Beating LPWA-CB Tests

CEA Tech research institute Leti has announced a new low-power wide-area (LPWA) standard, based on a novel approach to the physical layer called Turbo Frequency-Shift Keying (Turbo-FSK), which it claims outperforms both LoRa and NB-IoT implementations. “Leti’s Turbo-FSK receiver performs close to the Shannon limit, which is the maximum rate… Read More